Martin’s photos of London City life on ‘Parr’ for Tower Bridge exhibition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 27 October 2016

Swan Upping on the Thames

Swan Upping on the Thames

Martin Parr

Camera snapshots taken behind the scenes at public ceremonies on the Thames and the City are to go on public show in the old Victorian engine-room of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Spectator and her pet watch Christ's Hospital school bandSpectator and her pet watch Christ's Hospital school band

Photographer Martin Parr has documented daily life as the City Corporation’s snapper-in-residence since 2013.

He has been following ancient and modern traditions that make up the unique character of the Square Mile, from Swan Upping on the Thames to Beating the Bounds at All Hallows-by-the-Tower.

Parr captures unique moments that would normally go unseen—catching unguarded behind-the-scenes shots during processions, banquets and high-profile public occasions such as the Rose Ceremony by the Company of Watermen & Lightermen.

Spectators at Lord Mayor's ShowSpectators at Lord Mayor's Show

His display opens on November 21 as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition and runs to March next year in the former engine room which houses the coal-driven machines that used to lift the huge 1,100-tonne bascules until 1976.

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